Reducing our waste, improving our service

The management of waste and recycling is one of our most pressing environmental and social challenges. It is a service we all rely on every day. The sector is undergoing significant change due to shifts in domestic and global markets, new government policies and community expectations about what happens to the waste we generate.

Earlier this year, the Victorian Government announced that all local council waste services will transition to a four-bin system to reduce waste to landfill, improve the quality of recyclables and have a system that we can rely on. The four streams will separate:

  • Garbage (landfill)
  • Comingled recycling (plastic, paper, cardboard and metals)
  • Food and garden organics (FOGO)
  • Glass recycling

  • We’ve already expanded our ‘opt-in’ green bin service to provide food and garden organic (FOGO) collections to reduce the harmful environmental impacts of organic waste ending up in landfill. Since the organics service began in July 2019, Moreland residents have diverted 11,928 tonnes of food and garden waste from landfill, nearly 4,000 tonnes more than the previous year.

    Now we’re investigating how we can make further improvements to reduce waste to landfill and improve our waste service so that it aligns with State Government policy.

    But we need your help to develop a system that is right for Moreland. Waste is an issue that affects us all and we are all part of the solution.

    You can find out more about why the State Government's changes are important and how they will improve waste services in this short video:

    How you can be involved

    We are asking for your input to help us make important decisions about waste that will affect nearly everyone in Moreland.

    We understand that different parts of our diverse community will have different ideas about how the service can be improved. Whether you rent or own your home, live in a house or an apartment, have a young family, live on your own or have just moved into your first share house, we want to hear your thoughts and understand your needs.

    Have your say

    This is the first of three stages of engagement. Right now, we want to hear about your household, what you think of our current waste services, and your thoughts on the introduction of a four bin system for everyone.

    If you haven't already, you will need to sign up to Conversations Moreland before providing your feedback. Once you have signed up, you will be able to complete one of the surveys below (for residents and property owners or for businesses). You can also share your thoughts at the bottom of the page.

    This website is to provide feedback on Council’s waste service. If you have a question requiring a response, please contact Council on 9240 1111.

    Register your interest

    Later this year, we will hold a series of workshops and groups discussions to explore issues and opportunities in more depth.

    If you are interested in being involved in these discussions, please fill out a survey below to tell us a little bit more about yourself. Please note that this consultation is open to residents and businesses in Moreland.

    Share your thoughts

    Hearing about your experiences will help us to understand how we can improve our waste services for everyone in Moreland. Based on the information you have seen so far, including this video, we would like to hear your thoughts. Please note, responses shared in this section will be published below.

    How do you think these changes might affect you and your household? What do we need to think about when we’re planning for these changes in Moreland?

    7 August, 2020

    jeffsy says:

    “Where am I to put the extra bin? Putting meat, fish, etc in the green bins only creates a breeding ground for maggots.”

    7 August, 2020

    Tony says:

    “Extra bins will cause congestion on footpaths especially around blocks of flats and units. Will glass collection be weekly or fortnightly? ”

    6 August, 2020

    David says:

    “In Britain in the 1980s, we had bottle banks -- communal places to recycle bottles. That would be better than household glass bins.”

    6 August, 2020

    Diane says:

    “Food waste is such an easy thing to fix an such a massive problem, weekly FOGO collection please! And are they genuinely composted?”

    6 August, 2020

    Diane says:

    “Do you have plans for reducing waste to avoid the 40% increase? And a policy for company responsibility of whole lifecycle of packaging? ”

    6 August, 2020

    acroom says:

    “We need to do more to show residents what can be put in recycling. We have a shared bin and soft plastics are constantly going in recycling”

    6 August, 2020

    acroom says:

    “One thing that needs to be considered is where the bins are going to be put. We struggle as it is to find free kerbside space away from cars”

    6 August, 2020

    JezBelle says:

    “4 bin system is a fantastic idea. I would also urge that green bins are collected weekly, especially as they will smell in summer otherwise”

    6 August, 2020

    Geoff says:

    “We only fill the landfill be about once every six weeks can we get a rate reduction please! Why only 140 characters? ”

    6 August, 2020

    Amarkaur says:

    “Happy with 4 bins But please ensure that hard rubbish collection continues twice a year. Food n garden organics need weekly collectionplease”

    6 August, 2020

    roadrunner246 says:

    “Too many bins for aged and disabled is a problem. Especially if they live in a unit & at the back. We can only take 1 bin at a time”

    6 August, 2020

    Fantastic says:

    “We need a solution for Soft plastics that doesn't involve the supermarkets as they are throwing the excess bags into their skips.”

    6 August, 2020

    peter_hornhardt says:

    “drop off/collection points for refund/deposit schemes”

    6 August, 2020

    brakai295 says:

    “Improve the signage on bins to make clearer what does and doesn't go in. So many people still bag their recycling!”

    6 August, 2020

    brakai295 says:

    “I like the idea of communal drop-off points for soft plastic, electrics, and other difficult to manage waste. ”

    6 August, 2020

    brakai295 says:

    “Lots of people will complain about too many bins. Perhaps come up with a shared system? i.e. several households share certain bins?”

    6 August, 2020

    fueters says:

    “And can we collect soft plastic and get the green bin collected weekly, please”

    6 August, 2020

    raffaele_camuglia says:

    “Council needs to accept fact that residents with 4 bins will just leave them in front yard - not screened off. ”

    5 August, 2020

    E_Herbert says:

    “smaller bin options pls. would take ages to fill 120L glass. I only put 1 gen waste bag out a f/night. Wkly green waste for food scraps ”

    5 August, 2020

    john_ramshaw says:

    “y be atypical. The brochure cover suggests all bins would be 120L unless otherwise selected? Would people be able to get a 60 for glass?”

    5 August, 2020

    Possum says:

    “I have a very little front and hardly no side-way space. I would not have room for 4 bins. Can we achieve this at the most with 2 or 3 bins”

    5 August, 2020

    melissa_ross says:

    “So much of our recycling probably doesn't end up in landfill, so I want to make sure that putting things in the correct bin actually helps.”

    5 August, 2020

    MegOrton says:

    “More reuse options. eg I have recycled polypropylene carpets. Encourage Council to support things like this. ”

    5 August, 2020

    Johnny says:

    “Problem at the moment is that with units etc., one street address has many bins, and between cars and bins - not enough room on street.”

    5 August, 2020

    pipM says:

    “Be honest about the state of Recycling in Victoria as many people are misinformed about what we have the facilities to recycle in Australia”

    5 August, 2020

    KaraZaffarese says:

    “Weekly FOGO bin would help immensely with diverting our green waste from landfill!”

    5 August, 2020

    Tori says:

    “Soft plastic recycling and seperate for glass would be awesome. Understand not everyone has space so convenient drop off points perhaps?”

    5 August, 2020

    Tori says:

    “Weekly FOGO pick up please!! ”

    4 August, 2020

    SezG says:

    “Agree with more options but who has the room to store 4 bins, we don’t. Split bins”

    4 August, 2020

    Matt says:

    “Batteries and eWaste drop off points in more convenient locations is necessary also”

    4 August, 2020

    Matt says:

    “More ways to recycle soft plastics would be very helpful”

    4 August, 2020

    OliC says:

    “Downsize original waste bin for smaller households, introduce glass bin for those households that would use it correctly. ”

    3 August, 2020

    Darren says:

    “Smaller rubbish bins and larger recycling bins. No room for another glass bin; and should be no additional cost.”

    3 August, 2020

    Lusiana says:

    “Introduce soft plastics recycle bin on alternate week or at a drop off point at end of each street”

    3 August, 2020

    Lusiana says:

    “Downsize the general waste bin originally allocated and introduce weekly fogo collection with other recyclables also. ”

    3 August, 2020

    FionaV says:

    “Green bins collected weekly, at least during summer to reduce the smell, and during peak pruning/gardening seasons (autumn and spring).”